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Ideas for vital articles (10'000)[edit]

Hello fellow vital project member, I had many ideas for additions to the vital 10'000 whilst away and busy. But thought I would ask others opinions of the almost 100 articles that came into my mind before flooding the project talk page with them. If you have time let me know which articles you like and which you dislike, I am still looking for removals as well by the way. (I listed my ideas on my own talk page, here). Carlwev (talk) 16:17, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Your move[edit]

You're pretty strong on policy. And even though there is disagreement potential between us, I do respect your consistency and degree of conviction in doing things right. Now that I've buttered you up (</joke>), can I play devil's advocate on a content policy/guideline issue that has cropped up. (Don't look. Please just play along. You will be more neutral that way). 1) I assume you believe adding links to games at Chessgames.com is OK by policy. (Can you confirm? OK as mentioned I presume your answer is that it is consistent w/ policy to do.) 2) (Oh gosh I'll stop here, I don't know if you'll play devil's advocate or not. Can you let me know.) p.s. (Changed subject.) If I had to make a guess based on your wikipresence if you are a KP or QP player, I would make the guess that you are a 1.c4 player. (How good was my instinct?) Me? I play 1.d4, but prefer not to follow up w/ c4 anytime (c3 instead of course), prefer to push for e4. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 05:05, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

1. Sorry, I'm not at all strong on policy – I don't know what the relevant policies are for this, and I'm not all that interested in learning what they are. 2. 1.d4 and 2.c4. Best by test. Cobblet (talk) 05:16, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
OK that was a surprising answer. (Unexpected.) But I know you are stronger interpreter of policy than most. (Doesn't mean you have to be 100% to earn that repute.) Let me ask another way ... Q: You added links to games at Chessgames.com in your Modern Benoni article. Do you feel policy allows you to do that? (Hey it's not a trick question. How many links to games at Chessgames.com are in chess-related articles? Oh, just 1000s!) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 05:26, 14 March 2014 (UTC) p.s. For Black against e4, I guess you're Sicilian player. (Huh?) And against d4, Modern Benoni. (That was easy!) How close?
1. Difficult to say when I don't know what the policies are, but sure. I'd like to know where this is going. 2. Sicilian yes, but Nimzo against 1.d4. Cobblet (talk) 05:54, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Wow (Nimzo!). I think you think I'm trying to "trick" you. I'm not. And I thought later the obvious ... Your Modern Benoni article is Good article status. (So, any issue w/ linking to Chessgame.com games would have come out then. I think that's reasonable don't you?) OK so here's the deal. (BTW, you know I'm a believer in linking to Chessgames.com. I in fact protested a bit when the linking to that site's Openings Explorer was removed from the chess openings Infobox. I made the case that the paywall argument didn't justify removal, since before hitting the paywall there is much free and useful info available. But no one backed me up so Goodbye Openings Explorer!) WP:ELNO says don't link to sites requiring Java. But game replays at Chessgames.com all require Java. (Golly I think I may have answered my own Q ... The game replays require Java, but probably not the game score listings. Do you think that is the logic?) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 06:04, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Actually I don't think you can see the game score without Java enabled, but you could download the pgn file. In any case, WP:ELNO says "should generally avoid", not "must avoid", so WP:CHESS isn't violating anything. Under WP:YOUTUBE it specifically says there is "no blanket ban on linking to YouTube" even though one generally needs Flash in order to watch Youtube videos, so clearly WP:ELNO should be interpreted not as a strict rule but as a recommendation. WP:CHESS has good reason not to follow this recommendation in this specific situation. Cobblet (talk) 06:24, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for that reply that helps a lot. (I'm tempted to turn my Java off and test if the gamescore is still available. Do you have reason to guess wouldn't be available? [I mean, why would Java be needed to just list text?])
  • After reading your answer about "should" vs. "must", it seems kind of inconsistent that Openings Explorer link removal from openings Infoboxes was defended in this thread with the argument "WP:EL says to avoid them, so we are avoiding them. [...] --SubSeven (talk) 19:33, 28 July 2013 (UTC)". (In that thread I was the only advocate to include. Subseven strongly wanted to disclude, and Bubba sided with disclude. There was no other interest from others; I presume just apathy. So the "consensus" was 2–1 to disclude, but I never agreed with the arguments given as they didn't make sense to me. Anyway that's not why I'm here at your thread but if you have opinion about consistency please tell.)
  • I just restored some ELs at article Antichess to some java applets at site www.pathguy.com. Could you swing over there for me to see if it plays OK on your computer ("Losing Chess")? (Those applets give an immediate intrinsic feel for the chess variant for readers ... a great aid to understand a game in a way that reading rules of text just can't do alone. (So I'd like to include those applets in that article, but a user at the Talk is fighting me because they require Java.) Anyway, that's my complete story. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 07:21, 14 March 2014 (UTC) p.s. At the moment my own Java isn't working. I'm getting a message telling me I have a security setting blocking it. (Never got that error before. I don't know right now what security setting is being referred, my browser security settings all turned off and I still get the error. Anyway ...) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 07:21, 14 March 2014 (UTC) p.p.s. OK I got that fixed. (Turns out under Java 7 I had to add the pathguy site to the a java's Exception List.)
Anyway it seems to me my argument for accessing the applets requiring Java is sound. (But the argument seems to be a judgement call, and the user who wants to fight with me is from POV of strict policy and isn't interested in caring about my usefulness arguement. (He doesn't appear to be a serious player to me.) If I end up at WP:ELN arguing my case, how can I expect non-players to understand the value of my utility argument?) I need help all around here, maybe you can see as much. OK any help in any way at any time is appreciated. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 07:47, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
These things should probably be decided on a case-by-case basis – the cost-benefit analysis is going to be different in each case. I don't like our reliance on chessgames.com (if they ever fold or put up a paywall, that's a huge pain for us) but I don't have a better idea and can only encourage Wikipedia to get that PGN viewer implemented more quickly. To be frank, I can't say the applet gave me a good feel for suicide chess – I played 1.a3 2.Ra2 3.Ra1 4.Ra2 5.Ra1... and watched the computer shuffle pieces on its first two ranks for 20+ moves. If somebody on the Internet's taken the time to annotate a game, linking to it might be just as useful, and would also remove the point of contention. Trying to argue your case to people who probably weren't aware chess variants exist is not likely to yield anything productive no matter how much support you get from WP:CHESS. Cobblet (talk) 07:59, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for trying that applet out, and thanks for your thoughts. (I misspoke when I said the applet would give a good feel for the game, what it does is give a good feel for the rules/how the pieces move; Friedlander wrote them to demonstrate move rules - they're acknowledged to be easy to beat and have very little strength.) Interactivity is a great advantage (participation) to understanding, computers are designed for that, so exploitation of the applets seems to me to be a match made in heaven, especially for playing a new game versus replaying someone else's. Again thanks for all the thoughts. Sincere, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 14:33, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Thanks again for your objective assistance on my Qs -- your comments were helpful. (You even tried out the applet. Thanks.) I'm disheartened to pick up the advocacy for those links at the article at this time however, due to Quale ragging me for being the "bad editor" there when the situation is clearly the reverse. But that's neither here nor there, I know.

If I could pick your brain on something else unrelated, since your Engish skills are also of strong repute, when you have time (no rush at all) bring up article Babson task and search on "white captures" and "black promotions". (There is one instance of each.) I simply cannot decide if "white" and "black" s/b capped or small in those expressions, in spite of earlier discussions re "White vs. white" etc. And why of course. If/when you have the time/interest. Thank you again. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 00:09, 16 March 2014 (UTC) (p.s. Since you're Nimzo and I'm Torre, if we played we'd end up at A46 [2...e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.e3] right? So w/ at least four major lines from there, where would the game go? [Curious!])

Both adjectives, so both lower case. And I didn't tell you what I do when White doesn't play 3.Nc3 – I play the Ragozin. So the game would actually go 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5. Cobblet (talk) 00:34, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I remember now (a simple solution, from NY Times Manual of Style, if it works! - I was looking at the Talk:Bubba73 discussion between you & GretDrabba, he pulled diverse sources and you found the adjective rule in NY Times Manual of Style). I don't mean to review those discussions (I don't even know for sure what conclusions between you & Gret). The thing that prompted my Q here is lingering instinctive doubt re adjectives that also seem to possess ownership (e.g. "white capture" and "black promotion" aren't things of color but refer to actions owned; "the white player" vs. "the White player" especially throws me, and the copula stuff "Joel Benjamin was white" vs. "was White", etc. -- I don't know where that all ended up as mentioned, but again am not here to open it up on your Talk or elsewhere). So why was I confused then to ask? I dunno, maybe my memory faded. (Sorry.) p.s. So after my 3.Bg5 what do you do? (3...Ne4 I'll bet!). And if you were White, we'd end up 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6, what'ya do then? (I'm not trying to play you, just curious where we'd end up in book!) Cheers and thank you again for your flexibility and objective help stuff. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 03:55, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
Speaking of objectivity: while what I said regarding the copula was a plausible argument for using the upper case, the fact is that different people capitalize differently in that particular situation. In fact, I think I checked more sources later and I'm pretty sure a majority of people (Edward Winter included) prefer the lower case in "Alekhine was white". (I should really have done that beforehand – sorry to distort the picture.) On a somewhat related note (this is something I wanted to tell you and never got a chance to), I will suggest that "White" should really only be used as a substitute for a player's name (like our policy says) and never as a substitute for "the white pieces" – that latter usage (which crops up in phrases like "Alekhine had White" or "played White") is not documented in any dictionary I checked, including the OED; it should probably be treated as a colloquialism. Meanwhile yes, 3...Ne4. And 4.Nf3 against the Triangle. Cobblet (talk) 04:13, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
Oh Jeez -- now I'll prob have to link this thread here w/ my other links discussing White/white convention. ;) I still don't know what conclusion there was (none?), but these look and seem somewhat odd to me sometimes (and is there resolution? are there multiple rules of thumb or just one? etc.) ...
  1. This line is good for White.
  2. The burden of initiative falls on the player who has white.
  3. The burden of initiative falls on the White/white player.
  4. In the final round Benjamin played white.
  5. In the final round Benjamin was assigned white.
  6. In the final round Benjamin would be White/white.
  7. There was more space on the white side of the board.
Ihardlythinkso (talk) 06:30, 16 March 2014 (UTC) p.s. 3...Ne4 4.Bf4; and the other game 4.Nf3 Nf6. For most of my tmt/postal life I played 1.e4. But not anymore. (Curious what line of Sicilian. [I bet you are a Dragon player!?])
Rather than inject any more of my own opinions into this matter (since the thing I said above is also not true), I'll refer you to [1], [2], and [3], and let you draw your own conclusions. In the Lame Torre (as Avrukh calls it) I'd play 4...c5 with the idea of 5...Qb6, and my book (at least what I can remember) ends basically there. Meran with 6.b3 against the Semi-Slav. I did play the Dragon a long time ago; but these days it's the O'Kelly. Cobblet (talk) 03:04, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
For me the Torre seems to be an eternal spring of fresh ideas. (For example in our openings sequence, after 4...c5 5.e3 Qb6, a friend of mine discovered a new move, and all kinds of tactics sprout, ... I actually won a postal game in approx 10 moves with the line he found. // In game B, not sure now 6.b3 falls in - what's the continuation after 4.Nf3 Nf6? Cheers, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 08:14, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
What's "new"? I thought everything's been tried there. The Meran is 5.e3 Nbd7 and now I play 6.b3. Cobblet (talk) 15:32, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Well, I know ECO gives only 6.Qc1, but a friend & I analyzed 6.Nc3!? and all kinds of tactics ensue. (That was before strong engines were cheaply available.) Oh, I beat Dunne in a USCF Golden Knights using the Torre. Your 6.b3 in game B is interesting. Before that, I like a line I found in a Donaldson/Silman book 5...a6 (they called it "rare but solid system"). Sometimes I like to play even earlier 4...dxc4. I'm all ears any comments you have re any of these moves. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 12:13, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
Just another example of why ECO has been totally useless for serious players since the late 90s, I'm afraid. 6.Nc3 is now recognized as White's only interesting try, but it's well met by 6...Qa5. And 5...a6 in the Meran is a main line now (used by Anand against Gelfand in their world championship match); I'd still play 6.b3. Cobblet (talk) 18:05, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
Well, Informant stopped producing in the late 90s (didn't they?). A slow-moving paper project, they can't compete w/ online databases and keeping up w/ latest trends. (Is that what you mean?) Oh, I see 4th edition is on CD-ROM now. Anand didn't fare so well w/ 5...a6 (+0−1=2). I find Anand's play uninspiring anyway (what did you think of the latest match? it seemed to me his play was passive excepting the one last desperate game where he blundered; even I saw the blunder live and was incredulous how he could make it). Where did you spot published analysis re 6.Nc3? I found all my notes from analysis years ago and would like to compare after 6...Qa5. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 18:04, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────No, I just mean that the quality of the analysis in ECO has declined significantly since the series was first introduced back in the day, to the point where it's now useless. Anand's playing much better in the Candidates right now, although he's had luck on his side. Check Avrukh's book GM Repertoire 11 – Beating 1.d4 sidelines (Quality Chess, 2012). Cobblet (talk) 20:22, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I think I've seen over time also, how the contributor list fell from all GMs, to including IMs and even sometimes just Masters. // Am going to have to purchase that book (Beating 1.d4 Sidelines) -- thanks for id'ing it for me. // I just discovered this sentence in FA First move advantage in chess: "The year after his book was published, at the finals of the 1940 U.S. Open tournament, he scored only one draw in his four games as White, but won all four of his games as Black." (And there are many more examples there, where the text is also not a quote. There's also several cases of text stating how many times a player has "received Blacks" and "received Whites", too [what to do with them? see First move advantage in chess#Tournament and match play -- they were all in caps before my edits]). I know you have researched and feel lowercase is better, but there is no determined convention re White/white yet at WP:CHESS, even though Quale stated at WT:CHESS that you had "covered it very well". (I guess that's my point - it's not so easy or clear and there is not only no agreed convention yet, there are no rules of thumb to follow either, for ProjChess editors to follow, for consistent application. So we continue to have [and will continue to have] inconsistent applications in articles. All we really have is a collection of pretty intelligent discussions here and there about same. Nothing definitive, and no real conventions, let alone ones documented in their own small WP:CHESS space with real examples from articles that can be used as rules of thumb for common formerly perplexing cases. [So for Quale to state what he did at WT:CHESS, doesn't help anything, and in fact contributes to ensuring nothing will ever be resolved down to agreed convention with said documentation. And that is what always happens here, so we end up with editors like Quale stating things that imply issues are resolved, when they aren't. That kind of unhelpful contribution to discussions just serves to perpetuate the issues, like, forever, not resolve them. If he's not interested in the topics enough to participate to real resolution, just faux resolution, then fine; but he shouldn't be contributing to the discussions then since his thinking is more obstacle than help to resolving to good conventions.] There are virtually no conventions at WP:CHESS, excepting piece names are lowercase. There needs to be a space devoted to them, as mentioned, at WP:CHESS. On O-O vs. 0-0, consensus seems to have favored 0-0, but there's no recognition of said consensus until WP:CHESS has a spot saying so, should an editor disagree or be confused, they shouldn't have to read a lengthy discussion and be told "See, if you read that, there's a consensus present." I always like to deal in concrete specifics, not much else is "real". So the rules of thumbs I'm speaking of re convention examples from real articles should feature for example this from the Anatoly Karpov article: "[Karpov] is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion." in order to demonstrate Grandmaster/grandmaster and World Champion/world champion for similar instances, of which there are very many indeed.) Thanks for being nice to me Cobblet, I've enjoyed chatting w/ you about these various things. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 01:43, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Re:Indian rulers before 1500[edit]

Hi Cobblet. Thanks for your kind words. I'm not personally very familiar with ancient and medieval Indian kings but Redtigerxyz does seem to be knowledgeable on the topic. He responded on my talk page and also suggested particular kingdoms that can be added. Gizza (t)(c) 12:29, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay![edit]

Sorry it took me so long to get back to VA/E. I had been meaning to check out the stuff you'd mentioned, but RL intervened unfortunately! Anyway you lot seem to have done a good job while I've been away. I'm enjoying getting back into it - have put up a few proposals in law and am thinking about some more in various areas. Hope you are well! Regards, Neljack (talk) 07:54, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

No worries Neljack, it's great to have you back. There are now ten people regularly contributing to the project – the most I've seen since I joined. Cobblet (talk) 20:02, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

VA additions[edit]

I see that you are adding a number of articles like here into "Society and social sciences" classes. However, I don't think there is a single class for "Society and social sciences" so it's getting lost. See Category:Wikipedia_vital_articles_by_topic. Did you mean Category:Wikipedia vital articles in Society? If so, we should move to rename the category and all the subcategories so it matches the majority of the articles. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 19:02, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Same with "Everyday life" versus Category:Wikipedia level-4 vital articles in Life. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 19:09, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi Ricky81682! This is a problem with Template:Vital article I or somebody else will have to get around to fixing – the topics it accepts (Art, Geography, History, Language, Life, Mathematics, People, Philosophy, Science, Society, or Technology) no longer match the way we divide up the topics in Wikipedia:Vital articles/Expanded. Cobblet (talk) 19:12, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
I agree but then let's go to CfD and move to rename them so they match. I'll start on it now. I'm certain there's a number of articles being put in various redlinked categories and vanishing. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 19:14, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Also, it sees like "Biology and health sciences" isn't listed at Wikipedia:Vital articles. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 19:16, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes, the way Wikipedia:Vital articles/Expanded and Wikipedia:Vital articles splits up the articles is different. Since most of the ~10,000 articles are listed on the former but not the latter, we should probably go with the categorization system of the former one. Consistency between the different levels of vital articles is another issue we've been slow to move on. Cobblet (talk) 19:21, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Created Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2014_June_15#Category:All_Wikipedia_vital_articles_in_Biology_and_health_sciences. Once we get one idea, I think we can go from there. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 23:51, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

I see you tagged Openness to experience as a vital article. AFTER EDIT: I will look at some general psychology reference books I have in my office, now that I have visited the vital articles project page, to think about the relative importance of various articles on psychology. At a first glance, it looks like a few topics that psychologists would consider vital are not yet on the list, while many that are not vital 'to the discipline of psychology are. I've seen how the discussions have been going under other broad topics, and have added my !vote in some discussions. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 14:42, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi WeijiBaikeBianji! Glad you found us in the end. We are a very small group taking on an ambitious task and are always in need of more contributors. In particular, we've lacked specialist input on most parts of the list. Given that Wikipedia is read by both specialists and the general public, we feel that the interests of both types of readers should be kept in mind: where exactly to strike the balance, of course, is often the issue in contention. If you propose removing articles that aren't vital from the perspective of a psychologist, it will be easier for us to see your point of view if you explain why that's the case. For example: recently, I had to explain how the seemingly important but actually ill-defined concept of pronunciation would be better covered by phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics. Cobblet (talk) 21:46, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the vital articles work[edit]

I see my previous visit to your talk page was prompted by a vital article tag on an article on my watchlist. Since then I have been sucked into the maelstrom of participating in the vital articles project more generally, as you have seen. ☺ Now you are doing quite a lot of work on trimming the list of organisms, and you have already commented about some of the trade-offs involved in looking at pageviews of various articles. Your point is well taken that pageviews may not be a stable indicator of reader interest, although I imagine an article that has always had a large number of pageviews since creation is at least worth discussion when we consider swaps with articles that have never had many pageviews. Your examples of articles about fish have prompted me to devote some thought to what drives pageviews in the first place. I have biology textbooks and English dictionaries at hand as I prepare to respond to more article nominations. I'm glad to see how welcoming you are to editors who are much newer to the vital articles project than you are, and will be glad to hear your perspective on how the project started out and where it is going. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 22:29, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

A maelstrom indeed – my mind constantly spins with thoughts related to the project. (Whirlpool isn't on the list! Should it be? Maybe not.) Your diplomatic manner from the outset has been most appreciated – I wish I had your patience.
Because I only returned to Wikipedia last summer (I was aware of this list's existence much earlier; I lent a hand with the initial construction of the chemistry list), I don't know how the discussion got off the ground. Pbp is probably the better person to ask. I joined at the tail end of a time when the list had as many as 10,400 articles at one point and there was a lot of acrimonious debate over how to trim it. Clearly that work's not completely done, but we've made enormous strides: the largely unmaintained Meta list basically reflects what this list used to look like.
One problem I see in the list is an over-abundance of topics mainly of interest to a young Western audience, of whom I'm a member. (There are those who believe that's exactly how things should be.) To such an audience, little effort is required to sell the idea that Java and C++ are important, while things that aren't even that much older but just a little more removed from our everyday experience (center pivot irrigation) are all too easy to ignore despite their unquestionably bigger importance to the modern world as a whole.
Also, there are also clear gaps in the list we haven't had the time or motivation to patch. Since you're familiar with Chinese culture, you'll no doubt be appalled if you compare our coverage of pre-modern Chinese political figures vs. Europeans in the same time periods. I've managed to add Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor Wen of Sui and Emperor Wu of Han but I know very well that that's just the tip of the iceberg; meanwhile we've still got two Tyrants of Syracuse listed. You may be as dismayed as I was that proposals to add Suzhou, Luoyang, Kaifeng and Macau to the list of cities failed while proposals to add Rotterdam, Zurich and Riga passed without a hitch. People were even happy to keep Dongguan instead. The absence of South Asian political figures before 1500 outside of Ashoka and Chandragupta Maurya is at least as egregious: I've talked to some people about how to fix that.
I've hesitated to raise or reopen these issues because for most of the time I've been here, there have been a significant number of people who have either failed to see or openly preferred to maintain the strong Anglo-American bias. I understand the viewpoint (this is the English Wikipedia) but disagree with it (if you embrace the privilege of speaking the international lingua franca as your native tongue, then you should help the English Wikipedia serve people of all backgrounds). The current athletes discussion seems to show that the majority of our current group has shifted away from that line of thinking (it was less than a year ago that a proposal to remove John Wooden and Pat Summitt failed), so maybe it's time for me to put more effort in this regard.
I hope that indicates the nature of the problems that still face us: I could point to flaws everywhere on the list but I won't bore you. Ultimately, I don't know if any of this work we're doing is actually going to help improve Wikipedia, or if this will end up as just another kettle of Wikidrama. Forget any idea of a definitive list: is it even possible to produce a list that a majority of people will find reasonable? All I know is, I've found my work here both enjoyable (I've learned so much) and humbling (I know so little). If this project helps show people the scope and richness of human knowledge and experience, I'd be completely satisfied, especially if such a realization inspires people to continue improving the 'pedia. Wishful thinking?... Cobblet (talk) 00:50, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Then back to talk page[edit]

If you feel about it that way, let's discuss it on talk. I'm going to archive the discussion on vital articles then.

User:Melody Lavender, there's no official policy written down because there's no official policy to begin with: how can I "install a policy change" when none exists? True, the example I gave you was not the best, but it was merely one of the latest in a series of similar proposals dating back to last August, when pbp posed the exact same question here without a receiving a response; people just !voted the usual way. I followed that precedent here and the proposal immediately following it, as well as here; nobody seemed to mind. Hence the opinion in the original link I gave you. I agree it's strange not to add them automatically (if I didn't explicitly comment to that effect somewhere in the archives, I know I was at least thinking it at the time of the Leeuwenhoek proposal), but what's the harm in having a little more discussion?
I'm also not sure if I'm being misunderstood here: if something needs to be removed from the level 3 list I agree it should obviously be !voted on this forum. That hasn't always been the case either: there's this proposal which happened on the other board. So yes, the situation you are unaware of having happened has happened before, and it wasn't at my initiative either. I know few people contribute to these forums so frequently that they're aware of everything that's transpired (even I don't), but next time, please don't immediately try to publicly shame people without first trying to understand the situation more fully. I'm sorry I didn't give you a better opportunity to do so in my original message to you, but you could've asked nicely for more precedents rather than announcing to the world how grievously I've wronged you. Cobblet (talk) 19:56, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Are you kidding me or something? The link to pbp's proposal shows that the question whether we should add something automatically or not has already been voted on and it was supported. --Melody Lavender (talk) 18:02, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
User:Melody Lavender, I don't think people were !voting on whether they supported pbp's personal opinion; they were !voting on whether or not to include Leeuwenhoek on level 4. I don't think GabeMc meant "Good catch!" as in "Good work bringing up this point of policy we've forgotten to think about!" Rsm77's comment is also not related to pbp's opinion. But don't take it from me: feel free to ask him or the others who !voted there what they actually were thinking. Or start a new !vote on specifically this issue. And look at what's happening with Malerisch's proposals right now – some of them are actually being commented on. Does it really bother you so much that we're not doing everything as quickly as you'd like? Cobblet (talk) 20:29, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Just to say it again and explicitly this time, maybe this did not come out clearly enough before: I don't think precedents are important. This is not a court of law. And then, even if we do consider your precedents, they basically prove my point. I can tell you can't understand that, but if GabeMC says "good catch" that's an indication GabeMC just thought this is a new proposal and voted as if it were new. The users who vote on that page are not likely to fully read the nominator's pitch. They just consider the topic, and vote on it as if it were new. You already guessed it in your above comment: you're wasting everybody's time. So you already know what you're doing is inefficient. That's what was so shocking to me. It's mainly about organizing the workflow in an efficient manner. Even if we all donate time here, these are still real costs and real time involved and I think it shouldn't be wasted. The time people used up to vote on obvious adds, probably thinking someone found an obvious omission, we could have used that to build a human anatomy section, or vote on programming languages or something else.
The other thing is that you are causing confusion about nesting. That is the point that should be discussed, someone already took the opportunity to start a discussion about it. --Melody Lavender (talk) 05:38, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
"The users who vote on that page are not likely to fully read the nominator's pitch." User:Melody Lavender, your cynicism deep insight into other people's behaviour astounds me. If only you had the time to read that page, for you might see your assertion falsified many times over; alas I take it you do not, or if you did, it would somehow "basically prove your point" once again. I concede that your ability to interpret or ignore the actions of others in a way that justifies your belief in how things should be done (GabeMc's a fool who doesn't read, just like the rest of them) far exceeds mine.
Your surprising concern for the efficiency of a project in which you are not all that active a participant has exposed my shocking callousness in this regard, concerns for sober second thought (and the simple courtesy of letting others know that things are being added to the list) be damned. My shame compels me to unburden myself of another dirty secret: I make people waste even more time by asking them to !vote on removing disambiguation pages like oriole. Never mind I wasn't the first person to make such proposals or that I explicitly say it's a disambiguation page in the nomination: they're not likely to read it anyway, the poor fools!
Your logic is too much for me. Proceed as you please, and don't let me or anybody else who has the audacity to revert your edits get in your way. Good day sir! Cobblet (talk) 08:03, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
I think this is really going to far. I'm really trying to bring this to a reasonable base and you're just insulting me and obviously twisting what I say, don't you think? Don't you think you're the one who's being cynical? And I'm sorry if I insulted you in some way. --Melody Lavender (talk) 08:15, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
I accept your apology and apologize in return for the uncalled-for tone of my remarks. But I think you are, if not insulting, then at least seriously underestimating the intelligence of the people who contribute to that discussion. Perhaps you'd like to clarify your remarks if you think I'm twisting them. What is it you want to achieve out of this discussion? Cobblet (talk) 08:26, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
This has nothing to do with underestimating intelligence. People just are that way. I know I am and I know most people are. You just can't read all the information out there. You skim through things and do things in a routine manner. Actually doing just that is intelligent.
You're asking me what message I am trying to get across? The message is: You should discuss most reverts, especially significant large ones, on a talk page first. It's generally done and recommended somewhere, don't ask me where, in WP-Policy. And the second thing is: How things are done, the workflow, should be discussed, especially on a huge and potentially controversial project like VA/E. When I came here first, over a year ago, I was surprised about the voting procedure and the rules on top of the page and everything, but it does make sense. It's necessary to keep an overview and last not least to accomodate participants like me who can't spend all day on Wikipedia.
I know nesting is up for discussion now. But if it weren't can't you see it happen that one or two of the 15 proposals just sits there for two months and then someone closes the discussion as 'Proposal failed. Not added.' There goes the nesting paradigm, without discussion. We've both been here long enough to know that this could happen. That was what prompted me to close the discussions on level 4 at first. Now things are different. Without nesting, we can have 1000 new articles on VA/E without removals. I can't wait. I might support unnesting, if anybody proposes it.--Melody Lavender (talk) 08:48, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────"Most people" do not participate at WP:VA/E and those who do tend to understand that the process requires some patience and reflection, I find. Again I encourage you to actually step in and read the discussion when you've got a chance: you might find that the tone and nature of the discussion has changed over the last 12 months, now that some contributors have left and others have joined. I'm not sure you realize just how much time some of us spend on this task behind the scenes, but the signs are obvious if you follow the discussion even somewhat closely. Look at the kind of research that's taken place in the discussion of which athletes to remove, for example. IMO, trying to conduct the discussion in a thoughtlessly "routine" matter has led us into trouble in the past and ended up wasting even more of our time. Do it right the first time and you don't have to do it again.

I've asked for outside opinion on the first proposal you WP:SNOW-closed: the one person who's commented doesn't mind what you did. On the other hand, this one already has five !votes, including one from that same commenter. He doesn't seem to mind either way: but don't take it from me, ask him yourself. If you want to SNOW-close all fifteen proposals again I won't stop you this time; but rest assured that even if you don't, I anticipate that most of the proposals will receive the necessary five !votes in much less than two months, and I wouldn't close or let anyone else close them unless at least five !votes have been cast and there's no consensus to add. If that actually happened (and I personally believe it could be the right course of action in this case) I'll propose the removal of the same article on Level 3, noting that it wasn't added to level 4 and the reasons why.

Regarding the non-nesting issue, I think this is the first time I've seen anyone suggest it and again I assure you I wouldn't let a paradigm shift like that take place without discussion. I doubt pbp or Carlwev or Gizza or anyone else who monitors both boards frequently and understands this fundamental principle behind the construction of the lists and isn't afraid to speak up about it would let that happen either. I have just that much faith in them – a benefit of having worked with them for a long time?

"Without nesting, we can have 1000 new articles on VA/E without removals." You couldn't do that unless you specifically proposed to swap out the articles currently on both level 3 and 4. Otherwise you end up with a list of 11,000 articles and that's no longer a realistic possibility with everybody paying attention to the total article count. If a proposal to swap out any such article was ever made on level 4, somebody who's paying attention (who wouldn't, if a proposal to remove something like eye came up?) would point out that it's also on level 3. The only such nomination I've seen in the past came from Carlwev, who was already aware that the article was on level 3 and explicitly asked !voters in the proposal how they wanted to solve the issue on both levels.

I did discuss your reverts on a talk page: yours. Meanwhile my advice to you is to not make needless assumptions about the behaviour of others, lest you be mistaken. Cobblet (talk) 09:32, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

The links you're giving are incomplete, they lead to VA/E talk in general and not to a specific section or any page where you can ask for comment (?). Also, I think it would be common courtesy to let me know (first) if you have others commenting on my actions, don't you think? I will have a look and comment back if you provide the link. Other than that I see no sense in this. You got your big revert according to your liking. I have no intention whatsoever to revert back. I have stated the obvious problems this can cause (with nesting) and told you that we usually discuss before we revert. What else is there to discuss? --Melody Lavender (talk) 09:56, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
The links are working perfectly fine for me: they are the discussions on "Add Arab–Israeli conflict", "Add nth root" and "Add Semiconductor device" in that order. The policy I think you're referring to is WP:BRD: I thought that stood for "be bold, revert, then discuss", not "be bold, discuss, then revert". Cobblet (talk) 10:02, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
These are just linkt to some of the 15 proposals you have added. And? I don't get it. --Melody Lavender (talk) 10:13, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
No, these are the proposals Malerisch added, you SNOW-closed and I reopened. Now that the links work for you, I suggest you reread what I had to say about them. You are suggesting that I discuss your changes before I revert them, in contradiction to the Wikipedia policy I happen to be aware of. And by the way, you should have received a notification to that first discussion on your actions when I linked to your name like this (User:Melody Lavender), just like you should be getting one now regarding my message to you right now. If you didn't see it at the time, there's not much I can do, sorry. Cobblet (talk) 10:20, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
In case it wasn't clear, my opinion on those, all of them, and explicitly again, is: add them. We have nesting as a rule. Add them. All 15. I got that message, Cobblet, and didn't respond because there is no need to. My opinion on nesting and the adding issue is obvious from what I did: have nesting, have the 15 articles. --Melody Lavender (talk) 10:31, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Don't worry, your opinion was obvious from your SNOW-close attempt. And I'm glad you did get the message, because I don't know why you're complaining about my lacking the common courtesy to contact you when asking others to comment on your actions. I hope in the future you will make sure you understand standard Wiki-etiquette yourself before accusing others of not understanding it. Cobblet (talk) 10:42, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, you didn't ask others to comment on my actions, did you? You posted a proposal. I have no idea why you are so upset. --Melody Lavender (talk) 10:54, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
If you didn't interpret that as an opportunity to let others comment on what you did, I guess it didn't really matter whether I notified you or not. I'm more bemused than upset at the various false accusations you've thrown at me over the course of this discussion and I forgive you: this is now water under the bridge as far as I'm concerned. Cobblet (talk) 11:04, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
No wonder nobody commented because it's just not that obvious to the rest of the world that by commenting on a proposal you were inviting others to comment 'on what I did'. (Well now we know you think I did something, nobody knows what and I certainly don't care.) I bet the response again includes that you're convinced I'm accusing you, not the other way around. Try me, I might just let you have the last word. Or can I have the last word? --Melody Lavender (talk) 11:21, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

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